Prince Edward Island is where Mama was born.
The way I’ve heard the story…
After they were married Grandpa and Nana had left the island and moved to Maine and began their family.
They had returned to Prince Edward Island for a time to help on my Great Grandfather’s,
(my Nana’s father’s), farm.
The farmhouse there was built by my great grandfather
and the farm was said to be one of the most prosperous on the island.
His intention was to leave the farm to my grandfather and Nana, (his daughter).
While they were on the island, my mama was born, the only one of the 9 children born on P.E.I.
Evidently, my Great Grandfather and Grandfather did not get along,
so Grandpa, Nana, and the children returned to Maine,
where Mama grew up and, during World War II, met and married a handsome sailor, my daddy.
They married and eventually moved out west, ending up in Oregon.
The farm on P.E.I. was given to another family member, and it remains in the family to this day.
The family there speaks Acadian French and lives a quiet, simple life like much of the rest of the islanders.
My Nana and Grandfather still spoke French, (much different from the Parisienne French I learned in high school by the way), but Mama and her siblings, raised in Maine away from their French speaking relatives, did not continue the language.
Me, Elva, (one of the P.E. I. family who so graciously showed us around and introduced us to other relatives),
and my sister.
Beautiful old needlework hanging above a doorway in the farmhouse says “Live Long” in French.
Interesting that most of the family do indeed live long lives.
The bannister which is original to the house.
The old wood burning cookstove, still used to this day.
This drying rack behind the stove was made by my great grandfather.
Charming old trim details.
I wanted to be an “American Picker” and dig through the old barn for treasures!
Stored in the eaves of the barn, an old sleigh.
Wish I could have carried this ladder back home to Oregon with me!
Behind the white barn in the distance, you can see the sea from the farm.
Old farm tools and machinery from years gone by.